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I had a hysterectomy (quarter of 1 ovary left) back in 1995, and since late teens have suffered from hypothyroidism. In retrospect I should of noticed that I wasn’t feeling the cold as much, getting hot when doing any work and waking hot in the night. In 2014 my lovely husband passed away out of the blue and for 2 years I was in complete denial. In January 2016 I began feeling really low and depressed and thought that maybe I needed some help, but before I could BOOM! I started with what I thought was a tummy bug and it all went down hill from there. Within the next 6 months I went to A&E 6 times and was MISdiagnosed with anything from crohns to overmedication of thyroxine. It was then I went to see an endocrinologist privately to sort out my thyroid, best thing I did he actually listened! Well I wasn’t overmedicated at all but he did tell me that with my age hormonal shifts can affect thyroid, it was then the penny dropped I did a bit of research, of course what an idiot I had been MENOPAUSE!!
I also decided to seek help from a therapist and discovered I was also suffering from complicated grief, anxiety & PTSD, who I still see to this day. I am certainly much better now and each year gets slightly better.
My symptoms of which I can remember :
No appetite – I couldn’t eat or drink much for around 6 months all I managed was ice chips and an odd bowl of rice I nibbled on crackers. I lost nearly 2 stone in this time.
Bowel and stomach pain which was crippling.
24/7 Nausea just awful.
Heat Intolerance- couldn’t stand heat generally, no hot showers only cold and couldn’t bear a hair dryer.
Insomnia – 1 to 2 hours sleep at best.
Difficulty swallowing – like my throat had something in it.
Diarrhoea for months on end.
Weight gain -well the 2 stone I lost turned into 3 stone gained which won’t budge now.
Tiredness & Exhaustion.
Anxiety, Anxiety,Anxiety Oh brother! Where to begin. I turned into gibbering wreck and became agoraphobic.
Brain fog & lack of concentration
Loss of confidence even afraid to drive ( been driving over 30 years)
Tremors and shakes both internally and externally
Hot Flushes & Night Sweats – these were continual one after the other 24/7
I have probably forgotten loads.
I am guessing by now I am probably post menopausal.
All I can say is as time passes symptoms get a bit easier, and others disappear if only we knew which ones and when.
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